Free Yourself From
the Pain of Chronic Migraines

If you suffer from migraines, you have likely tried many treatments without finding reliable relief. Instead of continuing to experience disruptions in your daily life from the debilitating pain, it’s time to try something new: NUCCA Spinal Care at Intouch Chiropractic is an effective chronic migraine treatment in San Diego. The doctors at Intouch Chiropractic in San Diego are prepared to provide expert, highly effective care to help you get back to your active lifestyle.

Treating the Source of Migraine Pain: Stress

The hypothalamus is the part of the brain that receives migraine and headache triggers and sends these signals to the brainstem. If there is a misalignment of the atlas, the top bone in your neck, it can put indirect pressure on this delicate area, causing migraine symptoms.

From an upper cervical care perspective, one of the primary factors or causes of migraines is your body’s inability to adapt to some form of stress. The three forms of stress we encounter regularly are physical, chemical, and emotional stress.

NUCCA Spinal Care focuses on removing physical stress to the upper neck. Take a look in the mirror and ask yourself: Is my head on straight? Is one shoulder higher than the other? These postural distortions put a tremendous amount of stress on the upper neck and can contribute to migraine symptoms.

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NUCCA is a gentle procedure that realigns the atlas, taking pressure off the brainstem. Our doctors are experts at analyzing this area of the spine by using precise measurements of your head and neck.

NUCCA Spinal Care restores body alignment and balance to this vital part of your spine based on information we get from X-rays of your head and neck.

In many cases, NUCCA completely eliminates migraine symptoms or reduces the intensity and frequency of migraine episodes. If you are interested in exploring this migraine treatment in San Diego, please call our office today at (619) 759-6689 or request an appointment here.

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What Causes a Migraine?

Patients report many migraine triggers, but unfortunately, the cause of migraines is widely unknown. The most common theories about the cause of migraines include:

  • An underlying central nervous system disorder is believed to trigger a migraine episode.

  • Irregularities in the brain’s vascular system (blood vessel system) may cause migraines.

  • Some researchers believe that there is a genetic predisposition that may cause migraines.

  • Abnormalities of nerve pathways and brain chemicals may cause migraine episodes.

While we know that these are all likely causes, it is unclear why these signals become activated in the first place. A migraine kicks off when overactive nerve cells send out impulses to your blood vessels. This causes a cascade release of substances such as prostaglandins and serotonin, which cause swelling of your blood vessels near the nerve endings, resulting in pain.

Get Relief From
Migraines & Start Living Again

Many patients tell us that they have suffered for years searching for effective, chronic migraine treatment. They have already been to their primary care doctor and seen specialists and neurologists. They have taken every over-the-counter pill and prescription medication available and manage their symptoms as best possible year after year. Some experts report that up to 20% of the U.S. population experiences migraines. That’s 1 in 5 people, and migraines are 66% more common in women than in men.

If you relate, don’t lose hope. Effective migraine treatment in San Diego could be just a phone call away. Call our office or schedule an appointment here to join us at our San Diego practice and experience the Intouch Chiropractic difference.

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What Triggers a Migraine?

Patients report a variety of things that they believe trigger their migraines and are often advised to avoid their known triggers. Migraine triggers vary from person to person, but typically a migraine patient only gets triggered by 1 or 2 of the items from this list. The most common migraine triggers are:

Certain Foods

  • Highly processed foods

  • Aged or salty foods, such as salami or cheese

Fasting or skipping meals

  • Avoid skipping meals or fasting to curb migraines


  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Caffeinated beverages such as coffee, tea, and sodas

Sweeteners and preservatives

  • Aspartame can trigger a migraine

  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG) can affect some people

Sensory stimulation

  • Bright lights (flashlights, bright sunlight)

  • Loud noises (music, people, traffic)

  • Strong smells, such as perfume, paint, and cigarette smoke


  • Stress due to difficult work environments

  • Stress due to home life challenges

  • Extreme physical exertion, such as intense exercising, can trigger an episode

Changes in sleep

  • Changes in sleep patterns

  • Not getting enough sleep

  • Getting too much sleep

Hormonal changes (Women)

  • Pre-menstrual hormonal changes

  • Menopausal hormone-induced migraines

  • Pregnancy hormone-induced migraines

Hormone medications

  • Birth control medications can increase migraines

  • Hormone replacement therapy post-menopause

Other medications

  • Certain medications, such as nitroglycerin or other vasodilators

Weather changes

  • Changes in weather and barometric pressure

What Are the Symptoms of a Migraine?

A typical migraine episode can last a few hours up to 3 days. The pain is moderate to severe and usually affects one side of your head. Migraines are typically painful, uncomfortable, intense headaches that are often accompanied by one or more of these symptoms:

  • Nausea

  • Vomiting

  • Upset stomach

  • Abdominal pain

  • Loss of appetite

  • Blurred vision

  • Sensitivity to loud sounds

  • Sensitivity to smells

  • Sensitivity to light

  • Temperature changes (sweating or chills)

  • Fatigue

  • Dizziness

  • Tender scalp

  • Diarrhea (rare)

  • Fever (rare

The good news is that migraines respond well to chiropractic care, especially to the NUCCA Spinal Care available at Intouch Chiropractic. NUCCA is a specialized form of upper cervical chiropractic care that does not require any popping, cracking, or twisting of your neck.

What is a Migraine Aura?

About 1 in 5 migraine sufferers experience an aura. An aura is considered a warning signal that a migraine is about to start soon. In some cases, an aura appears during or after the migraine episode. An aura lasts 15 to 60 minutes.

Classic visual aura symptoms are:

  • Seeing bright flashing dots

  • Seeing bright flashing lights

  • Blurred vision

  • Experiencing blind spots

  • Having temporary vision loss

  • Seeing jagged or wavy lines

Auras can affect different senses too, such as:

  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)

  • Arm tingling

  • Face tingling

  • Speaking difficulties

  • Changes in smell (such as strange odors)

  • Changes in taste

Some neurological auras are very rare and specific, and include:

  • Temporary paralysis, or neurological or sensory changes on one side of the body (hemiplegic migraine). At the beginning of the headache, temporary dizziness, numbness, or vision changes can also occur.

  • Partial or complete temporary loss of vision in one of your eyes (retinal migraine). This type of headache occurs with a dull ache behind one of your eyes that spreads to the rest of your head.

  • Sudden vertigo, double vision, loss of balance, and slurred speech occur before the headache (migraine with brainstem aura). These severe symptoms are often accompanied by pain in the back of your head, vomiting, tinnitus, and inability to speak.

  • A rare and severe migraine that lasts more than 72 hours (status migrainosus). Medication withdrawal can cause this type of migraine syndrome, and nausea and headache pain can be extremely severe.

Could I Be Suffering From Vascular Headaches?

Headaches that arise due to abnormalities in your vascular system (arteries) are more commonly known as “migraines.” Although many Americans experience at least one migraine over the course of their lives, the cause of migraines varies from patient to patient.

​​​​​​​Medical studies show that migraines can be triggered by a change in hormones arising from exposure to food, smells, changes in the weather, and even emotional stress. When these changes in your body’s hormone levels occur, the blood vessels located in your head dilate. This causes other symptoms like nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, and visual auras, followed by a severe headache that cannot be treated effectively or even disguised by aspirin and other over-the-counter medications.

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